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Dengue cases in PH surge by 21%

by admin   |   Posted on Wednesday, 24 October 2018 02:21 PM

Dengue cases in the Philippines this year have increased by 21 percent.

The Department of Health (DOH) Dengue Surveillance Division said that from January 1 to October 6, over 138,000 individuals have contracted dengue.

This is a big jump from the 114,000 dengue cases recorded in the same period last year.

The highest number of cases were recorded in Central Luzon followed by NCR,Region 4-A, Ilocos Region and Western Visayas.

At present the number fatalities due to the disease has reached 700.

The DOH reminds the public anew to keep their surroundings clean and to prevent the spread of dengue. — UNTV News & Rescue

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Dengue cases in Zamboanga Peninsula up by 81%

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Monday, 18 March 2019 12:51 PM

Dengue cases in Zamboanga Peninsula rose to 81 percent, according to the Department of Health (DOH) 9. Cases had reached 1,743 from January 1 to March 7, 2019.

Based on the report of the DOH 9, Zamboanga City reported 719 dengue cases, a 213% increase compared to the same period last year which recorded 230 cases. Zamboanga del Norte, on the other hand, recorded 499 cases which is a 222 percent increase from last year’s 155 cases.

Meanwhile, Zamboanga Sibugay recorded 175 dengue cases; Isabela City , Basilan, 99 cases; and Zamboanga Del Sur with 251.

READ: DOH: even a little water can serve as breeding ground for mosquitoes

The DOH reminds residents to implement the 4-S campaign against dengue and work on controlling the mosquito population.

Health Secretary Francisco Duque III previously said, “The first step to prevent dengue is within our homes. It is important to remove any space or container that can hold unnecessary stagnant water which may become breeding sites for mosquitoes.”—Aileen Cerrudo

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DOH: even a little water can serve as breeding ground for mosquitoes

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Friday, 15 March 2019 04:34 PM

The Department of Health (DOH) has raised concerns during the ongoing water shortage in Metro Manila and nearby areas especially with the increasing dengue cases in the country.

The recent report of DOH Epidemiology Bureau has recorded 40,614 dengue cases dengue cases from January 1 to March 2 which is 68% higher compared to the same period last year.

According to DOH Secretary Francisco Duque III, the water collected by residents can become breeding grounds for mosquitoes especially if it is not used immediately.

Duque encourages the public to use the 4-S strategy:

  • Search and destroy breeding places
  • Secure self-protection
  • Seek early consultation
  • Support spraying to prevent impending outbreak

“Pwedeng takpan ng plastic, talian sa may labi ng mga lalagyan at siguraduhin na ito’y hindi mapamugaran ng mga lamok. Doon ang kiti- kiti ay dadami, magiging lamok at sila ay magkakalat ng sakit sa dengue, [They can cover it with plastic and ensure that it will not become breeding grounds for mosquitoes because it can cause dengue],” he added. —Aileen Cerrudo

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PCMC to public over dengue death: ‘No outbreak’

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Monday, 24 September 2018 05:13 PM

QUEZON CITY, Philippines – The administration of the Philippine Children’s Medical Center has allayed public fears over an alleged outbreak of dengue in the facility following the death of a doctor due to severe dengue.

On Monday, September 24, the hospital’s executive director Dr. Julious Lecciones assured in an interview that there is no reason for patients and visitors to refrain from going into the facility.

“Hindi naman ang ospital ngayon na kung pumunta ka ay magkaka- dengue ka rito sa ospital, that we assure the public…hindi nila dapat katakutan ang pagpunta sa Ospital,” Lecciones said.

He stressed that there is no outbreak of dengue within the facility. In fact, it is one of the hospitals that treat emergency cases of dengue.

“Ang PCMC ay isa sa mga hospital na tumatanggap ng mahihirap na kaso at kabilang na iyan – ang dengue – na kung dalhin sa amin ay talaga nga namang maa- ICU na ang karamihan sa kanila at sa ngayon sila ang nakakapuno sa ICU naming,” Lecciones explained.

The PCMC appeals to the public not to link the incident to Dengvaxia as it is a different concern and also in respect of the doctor’s family and colleagues as they grieve the loss of a dedicated pediatric surgeon.

“Wala po sa mga doktor namin …wala pong nabakunahan ng Dengvaxia,” he assured.

To prevent further spread of dengue, the hospital management ordered a continuous cleaning, misting and fogging especially at the hospital’s outpatient ward where the five doctors contracted dengue.

“Tuloy- tuoy nga ang aming pag- search and destroy. Tuloy- tuloy ang general cleaning sa buong hospital. In fact, nitong weekend talagang nagkaroon ng malawakang paglilinis. Nag-mist and spraying ng insecticide at kasama na rin doon ang fogging para lang matanggal o mawala ang mga lamok na ito,” said Dr. Socia Gonzales, PCMC’s spokesperson.

All 1,020 employees were also ordered for a general check-up to ensure that no one else has contracted the disease.

The hospital management has also coordinated with the local government of Quezon City to intensify information and awareness campaign so that residents in the surrounding area of PCMC will be warned to protect against dengue.

All visitors are also being strictly checked especially arriving children as they are the most vulnerable to any kinds of diseases.

The PCMC is expecting for the arrival of representatives from the DOH’s Epidemiology Bureau and the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM for the overall checking and evaluation on the health conditions of all staff, doctors, and patients within the facility. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Aiko Miguel)

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